Information Bulletin: Limited visitor access and basic services resume at Parks Canada places in Mainland Nova Scotia

Issued: May 27, 2020

Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 27, 2020 – Starting June 1, 2020, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, Port-Royal National Historic Site, Fort Anne National Historic Site, Grand-Pré National Historic Site, Fort Edward National Historic Site, Melanson Settlement National Historic Site, York Redoubt National Historic Site, Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Historic Sites will offer limited visitor access and basic services.

Visitors will be able to access the following services and facilities:

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

  • Road network including the Main Parkway, Eel Weir, and Big Dam Road
  • Hiking front country trails and parking lots:
    • Mill Falls (linear)
    • Hemlocks and Hardwoods (loop)
    • Farmlands (loop)
    • Rogers Brook (loop)
    • Grafton Woods (loop)
    • Snake Lake (loop)
  • Multi-use trails and parking lots:
    • Peter Point (linear)
    • Mersey River to the Slapfoot/Jakes Landing connector (linear)
    • Jakes Landing to Merrymakedge (linear)
  • Front country waterways for canoeing and kayaking
  • Day-use areas including Mill Falls, Eel Weir, Jake’s Landing, and Merrymakedge
    (All shelters, playgrounds, washrooms and change rooms in these areas remain closed until further notice)
  • Recreational fishing with a national park permit, regular provisions apply (permit must be purchased in advance and is only available at participating third party locations)
  • Front-country pit privies

Jeremy’s Bay Campground is closed, as planned, for the entire 2020 season as part of a major project to replace all washrooms and utilities. All other camping facilities (backcountry and diversified accommodations outside of Jeremy’s Bay Campground) will remain closed until at least June 21, 2020, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside

  • Harbour Rocks trail up to Harbour Rocks look-off (St. Catherine’s River Beach remains closed for the annual piping plover nesting season)
  • Parking lot and pit privies

Port-Royal and Fort Edward National Historic Sites

  • Grounds only

Fort Anne National Historic Site

  • Grounds and washrooms

Grand-Pré National Historic Site

  • Grounds, parking lots, and Victorian gardens

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

  • Grounds, perimeter road, and pathways

Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Historic Sites

  • Parking lot and view park

York Redoubt National Historic Site

  • As per regular annual seasonal closure, grounds and washrooms will open on June 27.

Visiting Parks Canada places in Mainland Nova Scotia will be different than it has been in the past. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the site specific website before they travel to find out:

  • What is open and closed
  • What they can expect
  • How to prepare for their visit

The health and safety of visitors and employees is of utmost importance to the Government of Canada. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and continues to make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should follow the advice of public health experts, including necessary hygiene practices and physical distancing of two metres from others.

Parks Canada is asking Canadians to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe any regional or Nova Scotia travel restrictions and to respect any closures that are in place. Anyone participating in recreational activities should be extra cautious to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on search and rescue teams and on the health care system.

Detailed information on Parks Canada places and the measures the Agency is taking to limit the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the Parks Canada website: pc.gc.ca/ns. Please check regularly for updates.